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Battle of Puebla in Mexico

Quick Facts

Cinco de Mayo is an annual government and school holiday dedicated to the Mexican army’s victory of the Battle of Puebla.

Local names

NameLanguage
Battle of PueblaEnglish
Batalla de PueblaSpanish
Schlacht bei PueblaGerman

Alternative name

Cinco de Mayo

Battle of Puebla 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017

Battle of Puebla 2018

Saturday, May 5, 2018
List of dates for other years

Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for the 5th of May, celebrates the defeat of the French army during the Battle of Puebla (Batalla de Puebla) in Mexico on May 5, 1862. It is not to be confused with the country's Independence Day.

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Celebrations in the city of Puebla, where Cinco de Mayo is a holiday.
Celebrations in the city of Puebla, where Cinco de Mayo is a holiday.
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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is mainly observed in the Mexican state of Puebla, where parades with people dressed in costumes are held to celebrate the day. Reenactments of the Battle of Puebla also take place in other parts of Mexico, including Peñón de los Baños in Mexico City, where the day is celebrated by people originally from Puebla.

Public Life

Cinco de Mayo is a government and school holiday in Mexico, so government offices and many schools are closed. It is also a regional holiday in the states of Puebla and Veracruz.

About Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo officially commemorates the anniversary of an early victory by Mexican forces over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the anniversary of the defeat and expulsion of the French forces by the Mexicans, which occurred in 1867. The battle in Puebla did, however, lift the confidence of the Mexican army and people. It helped boost national unity at the time.

Did You Know?

Cinco de Mayo celebrations are very popular in cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco in the United States.

Battle of Puebla Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
SatMay 51990Battle of PueblaObservance
SunMay 51991Battle of PueblaObservance
TueMay 51992Battle of PueblaObservance
WedMay 51993Battle of PueblaObservance
ThuMay 51994Battle of PueblaObservance
FriMay 51995Battle of PueblaObservance
SunMay 51996Battle of PueblaObservance
MonMay 51997Battle of PueblaObservance
TueMay 51998Battle of PueblaObservance
WedMay 51999Battle of PueblaObservance
FriMay 52000Battle of PueblaObservance
SatMay 52001Battle of PueblaObservance
SunMay 52002Battle of PueblaObservance
MonMay 52003Battle of PueblaObservance
WedMay 52004Battle of PueblaObservance
ThuMay 52005Battle of PueblaObservance
FriMay 52006Battle of PueblaObservance
SatMay 52007Battle of PueblaObservance
MonMay 52008Battle of PueblaObservance
TueMay 52009Battle of PueblaObservance
WedMay 52010Battle of PueblaObservance
ThuMay 52011Battle of PueblaObservance
SatMay 52012Battle of PueblaObservance
SunMay 52013Battle of PueblaObservance
MonMay 52014Battle of PueblaObservance
TueMay 52015Battle of PueblaObservance
ThuMay 52016Battle of PueblaObservance
FriMay 52017Battle of PueblaObservance
SatMay 52018Battle of PueblaObservance
SunMay 52019Battle of PueblaObservance
TueMay 52020Battle of PueblaObservance

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